Charter University Materials Council *
- To help define and influence the directions and scope of the field of
Materials Science and Engineering; to promote the field as an entity; to
strengthen the educational content and the educational process in Materials
Science and Engineering; to increase the quality and quantity of students
in the field.
- To be the organization that speaks for the broad materials academic community,
including departments and sub-groups that focus on a single material or
process class. Exert influence during the planning and implementation stages
on the broad directions of government funded research programs and facilities.
Aim to be represented on appropriate national committees and boards. Example
of actions might include:
- Independent studies (including distillation of existing information
relating to the academic community) and issuance of reports;
- Suggesting studies to be undertaken by other organizations such
as the National Materials Advisory Board;
- Holding open meetings to which government personnel are invited,
to consider important materials issues;
- Encouraging university-industry-government interaction, and
- Provide constructive input to accrediting agencies through appropriate
- To serve as a collection and distribution agency for data relating to
academic aspects of the field of Materials Science and Engineering that
could be of value to universities, industry, and government agencies.
The University Materials Council is composed of Department Heads, Chairpersons,
Directors, and other group leaders from academic programs in the Materials
field in North American universities. Other leaders of the academic materials
community would be admitted (up to a maximum of 20% of the total membership)
at the discretion of the Policy Committee. Immediate-past-chairs of the University
Materials Council who are no longer department heads shall be invited to
serve on the Council as ex-officio members (non-voting status) for two years
past the completion of their terms.
The officers and Executive Committee of the UMC include the Past Chairperson,
Chairperson, First and Second Vice-chairpersons, two at-large members and
A Chairperson shall be elected for a one-year term of office to direct and
manage the actions of the Council. This person shall be assisted by a First
Vice-Chairperson and a Second Vice-Chairperson, who are elected for a one-year
concurrent term of office with the Chairperson. It is anticipated that the
first Vice-Chairperson will succeed the Chairperson and the Second Vice-Chairperson
will succeed the First Vice-Chairperson. The Chairpersons and the Vice-Chairpersons
shall have the primary administrative role for materials education in a university;
i.e. they will usually be Department Heads or Department Chairpersons and
must hold such office during the tenure of their Chairpersonship. The at-large
members are elected for staggered two-year terms. The Treasurer is a standing
position that is approved each year and can serve multiple consecutive terms.
The Treasurer shall maintain the finances of the UMC, collect annual dues,
and pay expenses with the approval of the Chairperson.
The Executive Committee shall comprise seven individuals, including the
Past-Chairperson, Chairperson and the Vice-Chairpersons of the University
Materials Council, the two at-large members and the Treasurer. The membership
of the committee shall be broadly representative of the field and shall include
representatives of the metals, ceramics, and polymers sub-disciplines.
The Executive Committee is intended to serve as a sounding board for the
Council Chairperson and to approve or disapprove actions of the Policy Committee.
The Chairperson of the University Materials Council shall act as a Chairperson
of the Executive Committee. The Chairperson shall represent the University
Materials Council and be its outside spokesperson, or, with approval of the
Executive Committee, shall appoint others to act. As an example, the Chairperson
may choose to appoint individual members of the Executive Committee (with
approval of the Committee) to speak relative to their specific intellectual
The Nominating Committee shall be appointed each year by then current Chairperson
of the University Materials Council. The Nominating Committee shall consist
of three members and will always include at least one member not on the Executive
Committee. The Nominating Committee will present a slate of candidates each
year for the Executive Committee. Nominations will usually be presented to
the council at its spring meeting. The Council will vote at the time on the
nominations made by the Nominating Committee, and on any additional nominations
from the floor.
The Policy Committee shall consist of five members of the Executive Committee,
plus approximately seven other individuals. Any member of the University
Materials Council is eligible for membership on the Policy Committee. Members
on the Policy Committee will be appointed for two year terms by the Chairperson
of the University Materials Council with the approval of the Executive Committee.
Functions of the Policy Committee are to include the following:
- Recommend issues for study;
- Recommend programs for the Council meeting;
- Assume responsibility for conducting special meetings and preparing special
- Prepare policy stands, and
- Serve as a focal point to identify critical issues for attention of the
University Materials Council.
 Last revision approved at the May 1, 2006 UMC meeting
in Washington, D.C.
Last Updated: April 21, 2008